People who experience unwelcome sexual behavior may respond to the experience in many different ways, including feeling confused, vulnerable, out of control, embarrassed, angry, or depressed. The University provides a variety of resources to assist students who have experienced unwelcome sexual behavior with their healing and recovery and to help students determine whether and how to make a formal complaint about the incident.
The University encourages all students who believe they may have been victims of sexual misconduct to contact RVAP and seek the assistance of a victim advocate at 319-335-6000. The phone is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Although RVAP’s formal name is the “Rape Victim Advocacy Program,” you do not need to be a rape victim to use its services. Services are available to women and men.
Certified victim advocates are trained to assist victims of sexual misconduct and will speak with you confidentially. They can help you identify other sources of emotional and physical support. They can provide counseling and also help you understand your rights and reporting options.
Interim Actions to Protect Students
A student who believes she or he has been the victim of sexual misconduct, as well as a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, may contact the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator to request any of the following, when related to the incident or accusation of sexual misconduct:
- a change of the student’s on-campus housing location to a different on-campus location if alternate on-campus housing is available;
- help in exploring alternative housing off campus;
- a transfer of class sections;
- assistance in arranging incompletes, leaves, or withdrawals;
- issuance of a no-contact directive if the University determines that continued contact between a student who has filed a complaint, a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and/or a witness would be detrimental to any of the parties’ welfare.
- other interim actions (e.g., interim suspension) when necessary to protect student welfare.
Protection Against Retaliation
The University of Iowa prohibits retaliatory action against any person filing a complaint of sexual misconduct or against any person cooperating in the investigation of any charge of sexual misconduct. This includes any form of intimidation, threats, or harassment by the respondent or by someone on behalf of the respondent (e.g., family or friends).
Acts of retaliation constitute a violation of University policy and the Code of Student Life, and will result in disciplinary action. Retaliation should be reported to the UI Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, 319-335-6200.